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1) It is TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16. A belated happy birthday to Dan Marino, who turned 53 yesterday. Time flies like his passes once did. Fast. 2) The latest Dolfan Satisfaction Meter results, showing a sizable dip, may be found in blogpost directly below. 3) Click on Random Evidence for our latest Sunday notes-column package. 4) In The Previous Blogpost (ITPB): Dolphins fizzle in Buffalo, DSM poll, Heat signing, Hot Button Top 10 & more. 5) Follow us on Twitter @gregcote. Also Facebook, Instagram and Vine.
CONUNDRUM: TANNEHILL HASN'T FULLY EARNED TRUST, BUT DOLPHINS MUST TRUST HIM: I explore the curious state of Ryan Tannehill and the Dolphins in today's latest column; click on Pass Or Fail to read. Two mediocre games into this third season, some fans and media already are concluding he isn't the team's long-term answer at quarterback. I say it looks like the Dolphins are afraid to find out. They are not letting him throw deep as often as they should. Sunday in the loss at Buffalo they ran out the clock with 2:21 left in the half and three timeouts (plus the two-minute warning) left. That was negative coaching betraying a lack of confidence in the man running the offense. Unshackle Tannehill, I say. It is the only way to know for sure what you have, and what the future holds. But enough of my opinion. Time for yours. Take a dip in our poll and say why you feel as you do.
ON CANES QB KEVIN OLSEN: I have a personal policy of not criticizing college athletes the same would I would pro athletes. Kevin Olsen (pictured in this week's police mug shot) makes it very difficult. UM's oft-suspended quarterback is suspended again after his latest off-field issue, a DUI arrest in which he was found with a fake ID -- dropping an unneeded distraction onto Al Golden's lap as the team prepares to play Nebraska. I temper this with a degree of sympathy, because it has become obvious the kid has an alcohol problem. He needs help and the school should try to give it. If he is unreceptive to rehab, UM should sever ties with Olsen and release him outright.
NFL PIX 'N FANTASY: WEEK 2 DIPS: We update you briefly every week (usually Tuesdays) on how we did the previous NFL weekend with our published predictions and with our fantasy-league team. Pix: We went 9-7 overall in Week 2 and 8-8 against the spread, nailing our Upset of the Week call ("Aawwk!") with Cowboys winning at Tennessee. Fantasy: Thud! Greg's Lobos fell to Earth like the Dolphins, losing 136-90 with nobody topping 15 lousy points.
SOPY: CANES' KAAYA VAULTS TO THIRD PLACE: A 177-point Week 3 performance vaults Canes QB Brad Kaaya up to third place in our latest blog-exclusive State Offensive Player of the Year (SOPY) rankings -- "the State Heisman." This is a cumulative weekly updated list of the most productive quarterbacks, running backs and receivers from Florida's seven FBS college football teams: Miami, FSU and Florida, FIU and FAU, and South Florida and UCF. Our past two season SOPY winners have been FSU QB Jameis Winston (2013; 2,107 points) and Canes QB Stephen Morris (2012; 1,900.5 points). Our simple formula awards a half-point for every passing yard and one point for every rushing or receiving yard, with six points for every TD scored or thrown. Standings are for regular seasons and do not include conference championship games or bowls, so that all seven teams are on even footing.
SOPY WEEK 3 TOP 10
Rk (LW) Player, team-pos. Wk2 Season
1 (1) Marlon Mack, SoFla-rb 49 433
2 (--) DeMarcus Robinson, Fla-rec 228 357
3 (7) Brad Kaaya, Miami-qb 177 353.5
4 (2) Jameis Winston, FSU-qb DNP 348
5 (9) Jeff Driskel, Florida-qb 182.5 319.5
6 (5) Duke Johnson, Miami-rb 116 314
7 (--) Phillip Dorsett, Miami-rec 206 302
8 (3) Rashad Greene, FSU-rec 80 289
9 (--) Matt Jones, Florida-rb 176 262
10 (--) Jacquez Johnson, FAU-qb 201 256.5
Bubble: Alex Gardner, FIU-rb, 252. Other team leader: UCF--Justin Holman-qb, 250.5. Season's best week: Mack, SoFla-rb, 304 (Wk1). Note: UCF, Florida and FSU have played one fewer game (2) than the other four state FBS teams.
Cote's State of the State rank entering Collball Week 4: 1. FSU (2-0); 2. Florida (2-0); 3. Miami (2-1); 4. UCF (0-2); 5. SoFla (1-2); 6. FAU (1-2); 7. FIU (1-2).
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